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ABOUT AUTHOR:  Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW, Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie is the author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. She is currently working on a new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West. She has been a guest speaker at a Regional Church Bookstores and Libraries Conference in Georgia and participated in several LifeWay National Fiction Events and at the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, FL. She recently spoke to middle school class of 5th and 6th graders on writing fiction in Augusta, Georgia and spoke at the formation of the ACFW chapter in Canton, Georgia.

ABOUT BOOK: Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God's timing is always perfect.

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ABOUT AUTHOR: Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for l arge print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.  My website www.lauriealiceeakes.com

ABOUT BOOK:  Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion  because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence--if she can do so and stay alive.

From the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, comes the exciting conclusion to the lush Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts her readers into high drama from the very first sentence and keeps them on their toes until the final page.

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 ABOUT AUTHOR: Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. 

ABOUT BOOK:  Bestselling Author Lynn Austin Launches New Biblical Saga

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain.

Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them, and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

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MAGGIE BRENDAN UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL - GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY @TBCN




ABOUT AUTHOR: Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW, Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie is the author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. She is currently working on a new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West. She has been a guest speaker at a Regional Church Bookstores and Libraries Conference in Georgia and participated in several LifeWay National Fiction Events and at the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, FL. She recently spoke to middle school class of 5th and 6th graders on writing fiction in Augusta, Georgia and spoke at the formation of the ACFW chapter in Canton, Georgia.


When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and researching for her novels, and being with her family. You can follow Maggie on her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com and Twitter @MaggieBrendan. She is also a resident blogger on Bustles and Spurs www.BustlesAndSpurs.com. You can find her author page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieBrendan?ref=hl .

What was your favorite scene in Perfectly Matched? Which was the most fun to write?

I have a few humorous scenes in most of my books. One scene I like is when Anna goes spying on her husband and lands up in a funny situation to be discovered by not only Edward, but all of his literary reading group.

Can you give us a peek at what you are working on now? What inspired this new book?
Luncheon with a GA Book Club
 I’m working on The Arrangement-book one in a series I've entitled Virtues and Vices of the Old West. The old West has long been fascinating to me. I think partly because of shows like, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wagon Train, Big Valley and many others. Hours reading Zane Grey gave me a colorful description of Colorado and I’d longed to go there. My husband took a job in Denver, so my love for the West only grew. I love reading true stories of people who settled the West and all the hardships they faced. I got to thinking…even the best cowboy or settler had a good mixture of good and bad about them to make them who they were. That’s a part of our human nature, so I wanted to write about heroes and heroines who dealt with their vices in spite of their virtues.

Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book? How did the process work?

I did—for all three books in The Blue Willow Brides. Revell has asked me what I envision for the cover. I wanted the heroine to have a Battenberg style blouse on with an image of a blue willow plate behind their head. Their art department has always made me very happy with their covers.

What four words or what phrase would best describe you (you can add a few additional words if necessary? Grin)
Life Way Book Signing Event

Friendly, energetic, conscientious and unfortunately, a worrier.

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?

Mostly my personal prayer time and sharing the struggles on my heart with the Lord keeps me focused. My husband is the calming presence in my life. Not too much ruffles him. Talking with my two sisters is the best sounding boards and they always make me laugh. They know when I’m stressed, like it or not! J My daughter and son always have my back and my grandchildren are definitely the bright spots that cheer me. My critique partner and best friend, Kelly Long, understands me inside and out and plays a valuable part in my life and in my writing.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn't watch movies what books affected you most?   

I didn't watch many movies growing up. But the two I’ll never forget was The Ten Commandments and Gone With the Wind, coincidentally Gone With the Wind was and is still my favorite book.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 
Paintings done by Maggie
Paintings done by Maggie


That’s easy. I’m not a natural born leader so I’d journal our activities to support the team.

(You'd paint or draw things too! - Love your work! Wow)



A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

I’d want to go to Israel and sit at the feet of Jesus.

What was your favorite show on T.V. when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn’t watch TV what were your favorite books?

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and I must add The Mickey Mouse Club. Guess that really dates me. LOL.

MAGGIE DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?

I enjoy connecting with readers through my blog or Facebook Author page. I want to thank all my devoted readers who write and say they can’t wait for the next book. That gives me fuel to keep on writing good, entertaining stories for them.
RWA Conference

You can follow me on my website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com and Twitter @MaggieBrendan. She is also a resident blogger on Bustles and Spurs www.BustlesAndSpurs.com. You can find her author page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieBrendan?ref=hl .
Maggie

THANKS for stopping by Maggie! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell has at TBCN Starting October 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) October 20th Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

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Nora :o)
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CFBA Tour GRETTINGS FROM THE FLIPSIDE by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Greetings from the Flipside
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
by
Rene Gutteridge


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rene is the author of seventeen novels. She also has extensive experience writing comedy sketches, and worked for five years as the director of drama for a church. She has a degree specializing in Screenwriting, for which she earned the Excellence in Mass Communication Award, and graduated magna cum laude.

She is married to Sean, a musician and worship leader, and has two children. They reside in Oklahoma, where Rene writes full time and enjoys instructing in college classrooms and writers conferences.




ABOUT THE BOOK
Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's month long honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral -- everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it's not that easy to rent a place when you've been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization's humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.

Is there anything in the cards for these two? Find out in the truly original Greetings from the Flipside by authors Rene Gutteridge (Boo) and Cheryl McKay (screenplay for The Ultimate Gift).

If you would like to read the first chapter of Greetings from the Flipside, go HERE.

NOTE: I just received this book in the mail on Saturday. I will post my review on my blog once I'm able to read the book. I will tell you the last book I read by this writing team was WONDERFUL!! I look forward to reading this book very much. They are creative, funny and I love the message in their books. It's not preachy but very well done! I walked away from their last book with a smile on my face and a song in my heart! I wanted to read more! That's a good thing! I can't wait to read this one. I think it will have the same affect on me! Grin!

Nora St.Laurent
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LAURIE ALICE EAKES UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY


ABOUT AUTHOR: Laurie Alice Eakes “Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has fifteen books in print and more under contract.

Besides writing, she loves reading obscure history books and watching old movies, taking long walks and knitting, albeit badly. Most of all, she loves giving back to those who have helped her along the way.

After enough moves in the past four years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Himalayan and Exotic felines , and golden retriever and black lab canines. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housekeeping.

How did you come up with the idea for the Daughters of Bainbridge House series?

A publisher asked my agent to have me submit a Regency series. I sat down with a collection of books on the Regency, thought about all that was going on at the time—the wars with France and America, the assassination of a prime minister, the Luddite rebellion, balloon flight . . . and the idea for the three books began to take shape. Because I wanted to carry one character throughout the series, I picked the youngest sister and let her make some seriously bad mistakes in books 1 and 2. Book 3, her story, rose naturally out of the events—or consequences to the events—of the first two books.

What do you hope readers take away from this series and Reluctant Courtship?

I consider myself an entertainer. I want readers to have that warm feeling of a romance well-concluded. In addition, I would like readers to experience the heart wisdom of knowing that, no matter what the situation, nothing is beyond redemption.

Can you give us a peek at what you are working on now? What inspired this new book?

I just finished line edits on two books—one is the first book in a new Regency series, this one set in Cornwall, and the other is set in Tuxedo Park, NY, a playground of the rich and snooty of New York Society at the turn of the 20th century. My heroine is an heiress who married and English earl, who then died. So now she has come home to America only to be accused of stealing from her late husband’s estate.

What books do you like to read to relax, be entertained? What authors have inspired you?

Georgette Heyer, Patricia Veryan are the two primary authors of influence. Others have taught me a great deal along the way. But Heyer and Veryan just might be why I write in the Regency era.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

What movie affected you most when you were young?

Probably the Sound of Music” I had seen it as a stage production first and utterly loved it, the music, the personal conflicts, and the romance. I still love it.

If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most? 
 I’m answering this, too, as I read more than watched movies: The Wild Donahues by Elizabeth Hamilton Friermood, a very old historical romance I got out of the library, and this was such a romance!


You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

Nick and I
 I’d be the entertainer—singing, storytelling, trying to be funny and being so bad at it everyone would laugh…
Nick my faithful friend
























A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

And I only get one shot at this? Although I’d love to go the places and times when and where my books are set, right now, I would like to be sitting next to Mary at Jesus’ feet.


Out of all the sounds in the world what are your favorite to listen to?

I love the birds; I don’t care which ones, singing in the trees in the early morning in the spring. I like the sound of children’s laughter and music. All kinds of music, but I especially love a pipe organ, a well-played Strat, or an amazing male voice like Bocelli, whose voice is so beautiful it makes me cry.

If you could live in the time period you wrote about; what would you want to experience first hand? What would you miss most in our modern world?

Since I write in several time periods, I will focus on the Regency era, which is when A Reluctant Courtship takes place. I would like to live in one of those beautiful manor houses, as the lady, not a servant. I would miss central heating and hot water heaters, though.


LAURIE, DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?











I appreciate all my readers. Without you, I wouldn't be able to do the job I've wanted to do what feels like all my life. I love to hear from readers. My website is http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com
Laurie
THANKS for stopping by Laurie! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell has at TBCN Starting October 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) October 20th Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)
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LYNN AUSTIN UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL - GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY


AUTHOR BIO: Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near ChicagoIllinois.
What inspired you to write this novel, Return to Me?
My readers have been asking me to write more biblical fiction for quite a while now, so this book is for them! I have always had a fascination with this time period in the Bible, and I wanted to capture the incredible faith and determination that these exiles must have had as they returned to God and to their land. I see so many parallels to our contemporary time period as we struggle to walk in faith and avoid the temptation to adapt to our culture. I was also very inspired by a trip I took to Israel where I was able to visit ancient archaeological sites in the City of David and see the structures that were built during Ezra and Nehemiah’s time period.
What do you hope readers take away from Return to Me?
I'm standing at Nehemeh's Wall Jerusalem

Another view of Nehemeh's Wall Jerusalem

It’s my hope that this will help the Bible become more real and alive for my readers and that they will be inspired to go back and read the scriptures for themselves. I also hope that they will be able to relate to the struggles that my characters faced and see the hope we can have through faith in God.
Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you've had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?
I'm standing at Jaffa's Gate 

The biggest WOW will always be the day the first copy of my first book arrived in the mail. What an incredible thrill to see all my hard work in print after years of struggles and discouragement. I carried that book around—with my name on the cover!—for days and put it on my bedside table at night when I went to sleep. I was afraid I would wake up and discover it had all been a dream.
Winning a Christy Award

A close second for WOW was winning a Christy Award—for the first time and every time. I felt God smiling down on me, and each award was just as wonderful for me as the first. They never lost their WOW factor.  When I was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame last summer the WOW was over the top!


Books Translated into Dutch

If I can add a third WOW (because it’s also very close to my heart) I have to say it’s the joy I feel each time I hear that my books are being translated into another foreign language. It’s thrilling to think that my stories are being read in places as diverse as Germany and Indonesia, the Netherlands and South Africa, Korea and Sweden and Romania…WOW!


Can you give us a peek at what you are working on now? What inspired this new book?

I’m currently writing Book Two of the “Restoration Chronicles” entitled, Keepers of the Covenant. It continues the stories from the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah and features Ezra as the main character this time. After that will be Book Three, On This Foundation, with Nehemiah as the main character. Each book in this three book series will be a separate novel, complete on its own, and not “continued.” These biblical characters inspire me with their great stories of faith and perseverance. I hope I can bring them to life for my readers, too.
What fascinates you about writing biblical fiction?  What are the challenges of writing biblical fiction?
Temple Mnt in Jerusalem w/daughter

What fascinates me about writing biblical fiction is that I have the opportunity to paint a picture of what the lives of these famous biblical figures were like. I also love doing the research, and for this series I traveled to Israel and had an amazing time soaking in the land and the people (and the food!). It is really thrilling for me to see the ruins of the homes and buildings constructed thousands of years ago by these men and women.



Temple Mnt in Jerusalem w/Mom & Daughter

Temple Mnt Jerusalem
Writing biblical fiction poses a number of challenges. First, it is a formidable job to retell a Bible story that is holy and unchangeable. It’s especially hard for me because I've become so accustomed to writing fiction that isn't based on the Bible where I have the freedom to take the story anywhere I want to. Second, it can be hard to try and capture the Biblical characters because I want to show them respect but also show that they were people just like us.  Finally, people are sometimes extra-critical of biblical fiction because I am taking a familiar Bible story and “fictionalizing” it, adding characters and story-lines  Many people object to this, but I try to be true to the biblical accounts while making the true story interesting and relatable. It’s quite a challenge!  
FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
What was your favorite show on T.V. when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn't watch TV what were your favorite books?
The first TV series that comes to mind is “Bonanza.” My sisters and I never missed a show. Of course the story-lines were always very dramatic and suspenseful with plenty of dangerous situations and blazing guns, but what appealed to me the most were the family dynamics between the father, Ben Cartwright, and his three very different sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. (I came from a family of three girls.) The brothers had numerous conflicts but love and loyalty to each other always won out. (And Little Joe was really cute!)
What three things would you rather not live without (besides your family)?


1- The Bible 2- Nature (especially TREES!)3- Mexican food
If money weren't an issue what would you like to go and do? Try something you've always wanted to try?
Biking in Michigan
I would take a bicycle trip through Europe with my husband and our friends. The four of us love to bicycle together and have long dreamed of riding along the Rhine River in Germany or through France or the Netherlands and stopping along the way to visit exciting places.
Also, if money wasn't an issue I’d love to plan, design, build and decorate a house from the ground up. (Of course I’d never get any writing done then—which would be bad.)

Out of all the sounds in the world which sounds do you enjoy hearing?
Lynn Austin and her husband Ken

My husband is a professional trumpet player and I love to hear him perform in the symphony orchestra. I also love the sound of my family’s laughter when we’re all gathered together for a meal or a celebration or to play games together.  
LYNN , ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?   
Lynn Relaxing in garden

I have been so blessed to have such a wonderful following of committed readers (you know who you are!). You never fail to encourage to me with your letters and emails and to remember me and my writing in your prayers. I feel like I have an entire team behind me, rooting for me and asking God to bless my stories. I’m praying that God will give each one of you a special blessing in return.

Lynn

THANKS for stopping by Lynn! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell has at TBCN Starting October 20th. There will be a 10 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) October 20th Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)

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PRAYING FOR THE ADDICTED/KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY


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Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts. Sharron Cosby's Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 provides ninety devotions of strength, hope, and encouragement to families coping with addiction. Realizing you’re not alone in your struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-to-day challenges.

Sharron is celebrating the release of her book with a Kindle Fire giveaway.
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PRAYING FOR YOUR ADDICTED LOVE ONE
By Sharron K. Cosby
ISBN#978-1-62480-071-9
293 Pages

Devotion about fear - Release your fear
"Even in the mist of what was happening in my home, a peaceful spirit was still mine for the taking. I could not control the circumstances, but I could control my responses and maintain a level head. I learned to tap into that quite spirit though daily scripture reading and prayer. Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts."

Praying for Your Addicted Loved Ones tug at your heart strings as this author shares her struggle and hope in these 90 day candid devotions.I loved her transparency and how the book was laid out with space to write down your feelings and/or thoughts. She offers hope and encouragement in dark times. Sharron draws from examples in her own life and others who have faced the same seemingly hopelessness. This book is aimed at offering strength, hope, and encouragement to families in the throes of living with an addicted family member.

Each of the daily devotionals include a promise or challenge from the scripture a brief narrative, a daily prayer, and a directed question for further thought or reflection with space provided for recording a personal response.

Those who read this book will be better equipped and supported as they pray through the journey. “90 in 90” reflects the 12 Step model of an addict attending 90 meetings in 90 days.

Reflection prompts and spaces for journaling encourage the reader to pen their thoughts on the verses and devotions. Each day's entry ends with a prayer.

I love how she focuses on Jeremiah 30 and 31, her in-depth study of these Scriptures revealed things I hadn't noticed before. This devotional is one that conveys hope for people dealing with and addiction loved one. Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts; Sharron offers hope for the hurting.

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UNGLUED by LYSA TERKEURST REVIEWED



UNGLUED
By Lysa Terkeurst
Published by Zondervan
ISBN#978-0-310-33279-4
198 Pages


Back Cover: God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.

Review: People are coming unglued all the time how do we handle this?  It doesn't have to mean the end of the world but losing it does make us look at the situation and life a little differently. It makes us look at what is going on inside us and of those around us! I love the honest and transparent approach Lysa takes in this book. She gives examples from her own life where she came unglued. For example she shares this: “Why had I become completely unglued about bathroom towels? Towels, for heaven’s sake. Towels! …I hop out of the tub and reach for the freshly laundered towel I hung on the rack the day before only to discover it isn't there. Ugh. So, I wind up using a hand towel. And while using said hand towel, I am muttering under my breath, “I’m banning the girls from our bathroom.” I can imagine this scene, can you? Ever happen to you! (Not with towels but with other things lacking in the bathroom when I need them! Grin!)

I also like how she admits,”I know what it’s like to praise God one minute and in the next minute yell and scream at my child." This statement goes to show you that we are ALL a work in progress (even bible teachers. Grin!) We are on a journey with God to help us with the many challenges that we face daily, hourly some days. I like how Lysa puts it when she says, “Imperfect changes are slow steps of progress wrapped in grace…imperfect progress.”

This book will help everyone to face life’s challenges by taking once step at a time. This book shows we will not become perfect in this life, no matter how hard we try. Lysa reminds us we are not alone but can encourage each other in our walk. I like how Lysa puts it “I can face things that are out of my control and not act out of control…. God gave us emotions so I could experience life, not destroy it.”

Lysa gives practical ways to help us cope in a crazy world and not go crazy with it! This book is easy to read, funny in parts and filled with hope. I highly recommend it!

Nora St.Laurent
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PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES by DEBBY MAYNE REVIEW & CONTEST INFO

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1)
Bless Her Heart (bk 2)
Tickled Pink (bk 3)
Abingdon Press (June 1, 2013)
by
Debby Mayne


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.


 ABOUT THE BOOKS
Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren't exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.




As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn't always result in popularity—or love?

Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1), go HERE

JOIN THE PARTY!

Now that all three books have released, let’s party! (Yes, really!) Join our online class reunion the week of October 7, 2013 on Debby Mayne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136447929891169/ Stop by to answer questions about the books, respond to fun polls, join in fun activities to help you reminisce your high school days, and win great prizes. Tell your friends and meet us there!

COMMENTS: I liked the characters Debby created. They were fun and sassy. It was fun to step into the shoes of everyone getting ready for their 10 year class reunion. It's funny that Priscilla Slater's parents were embarrassed for her daughter as the reunion date approaches. Her parents were disappointed she quit college and all she is doing now cutting people's hair. Her parents thought she had so much potential! LOL!!

Priscilla is quite content and happy with her career, even if her parents don't think it amounts to much. I liked how Priscilla dealt with her family situation and work. It was fun to relive the fun, excitement and anxiety of anticipation of meeting old classmates after 10 years of being apart! I read the first book Pretty is as Pretty Does, I look forward to reading them all. If they are anything like the first book it was just plain fun!

Nora :o)
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